Hearne: Jardine’s Founder Fires Off Angry Email, Owner Raja Responds

There’s more than one meaning for the word jazz…

Don’t bother looking it up, I’ve got it right here; "insincere, exaggerated, or pretentious talk."

And where the neverending saga of fallen Plaza area jazz club Jardine’s is concerned there’s been plenty of that.

Let’s think briefly about the lies, tabloid TV, confusion and subterfuge that’s gone down at Jardine’s since last November when the you-know-what hit the fan. The interested parties that have come and seemingly gone. The catty behind-the-scenes dealings that went awry. Larger than life personalities reduced to cartoon-like, lowest common denominators. And lastly, of the endlessness of it all.

We good? Now here’s the latest.

A week ago Jardine‘s founder and former owner Greg Halstead fired off an angry email to the leasing agent for Jardine’s space:

"As you know, I have a financial interest in Jardine’s per my Agreement with Beena Brandsgard Raja," it begins. "You have a copy of that Agreement.

I have recently learned that you will not respond to messages from Paul Wilson regarding his interest in buying Jardines. Wilson has been interested in buying Jardine’s since early January and that you, of late, will not respond to either his phone messages or his e-mails.

I have been told that Robert McCain and Joseph Fulgenzi are no longer pursuing to lease the Jardine space because of, according to them, your failure to communicate with in a timely or professional manner.

I also understand the Matt Jones, proprietor of the Phoenix Jazz Club is no longer interested in buying Jardine’s because of your refusal to communicate with him.

I stopped trying to contact you roughly 10 weeks ago because you would not return my phone calls or respond to my e-mails…"

Got all that?

Raja, however, begs to differ.

"He calls me all the time," she says of the leasing agent for Jardine’s space. "And I talked to him today, too. He’s one of the greatest property managers I’ve ever had."

As for the other players mentioned in Halstead’s missive, "You know what?" Raja says. "The gay guys got plenty of calls back – that’s bullshit. And Matt from the Phoenix met with (the agent) at Jardine’s, I was there. What is Greg talking about?"

Jones is no longer interested in Jardine’s, Raja says. "And I haven’t talked to the gay guys for a month or more," she adds.

Speaking of which, my last contact with McCain was a text on March 28th reading; "spoke to halstead today, have a call out to american century. funny how things all changed today after we did all the due diligence"

McCain did not respond to requests for comment today and yesterday on whether or not he was still in the running for Jardine’s or if he’d heard recently from the leasing agent for the space.

The latest from Jardine’s suitor  Paul Wilson:

"Yeah, I’m still interested," Wilson says. "I mean, I’m far less interested than I was two months ago, but if eveything lined up, I’d still be interested."

On the leasing agent front, Wilson says it’s been three weeks without a return call or email since he submitted a list of seven questions pertaining to the lease to the leasing agent for American Century.

Raja’s bottom line:

"Hearne, I got screwed. I signed the lease termination that Friday, so I’m out of the lease but I still have the license and I’m talking to a couple people. And I talked to American Century today and they’re going to keep it as a bar…I don’t want to be a part of it, but I’m hoping for the best. It’s my name and my license and nobody else can get it."

That is, without making a deal with Raja first, and a ‘for sale’ sign is up on Jardine’s Web site.

stay tuned.

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15 Responses to Hearne: Jardine’s Founder Fires Off Angry Email, Owner Raja Responds

  1. tiad says:

    Ah, Yes….
    Another Jardine’s non-update update.

    As the first cop on the traffic accident scene, just let me say: “Move along, there is nothing to see here.”

    Or, to quote George Lucas: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

  2. Smartman says:

    When you first take a dump, even a runny, squirty one, it has all sorts of possibilities in the first hour or so. After that first hour the opportunities decrease on an exponential basis, until at last the poo just disappears.

    No one is going to lease the space until a clear deal is structured for the transfer of the license. Best thing for AC to do is ask the city to revoke the existing license and provide for a new liquor license to be issued to anyone leasing the space and operating it primarily as a live jazz club. That can be easily done and Beena doesn’t have the cash to mount a legal battle against that action.

    Word or rumor is some liquor vendors are still owed money and that by itself could be sufficient reason for the license to be revoked.

    Beena is just BAD KARMA in this deal. Mumbai’s calling baby. I’ll pay for the one way ticket.

  3. bschloz says:

    Money talks and the you know what walks.
    Smart money is on American Century, who could just as easily turn that into a Vegan lunchroom , than get in the mud with another small biz.

  4. the dude says:

    milkin’ the turkey,

  5. balbonis moleskine, collectin' King Solomon's Marbles says:

    Free clinic? Riot Room South?

    All would be better than Jazz music!

    OTOH, I’ll buy the space if MJ Legalization passes in November. We can call it De Dampkring Westelijk…..far Westelijk

  6. Hot Carl says:

    Hearne has never…
    met a horse he wouldn’t beat to death.

  7. Bob Weaver says:

    Smartman says:
    When you first take a dump, even a runny, squirty one, it has all sorts of possibilities in the first hour or so. After that first hour the opportunities decrease on an exponential basis, until at last the poo just disappears.

    1) it takes you an hour to poo?
    2) poo has all sorts of possibilities?
    3) your poo disappears? (ghost poo?)

  8. Super Dave says:

    Paul please buy this place so Hearne can move on in life.

  9. paulwilsonkc says:

    Super Dave, I was at Mestizo for a private reception
    after being the guest of the head of AMC Theatres at their groundbreaking, along with Gov Brownback. I didn’t want to say much about this or that as to not incur any more Asshat comments. I made a pact with Bologonous to just ignore him and do what every one else does, push the down arrow for 5 seconds and try to not get sea sick as the crooked lines pass by, so I

  10. Super Dave says:

    Oh hey Paul since Glazer is such an inside man with all the Hollywood types I sure you had to have seen him at the event today.

    I mean with the King of Sting about to come out one would think he would want to premiere it at the AMC theaters here in KC his home town.

    Or was he not invited?

  11. paulwilsonkc says:

    Didnt see Glaze, but that wasn’t my focus….
    I was considering Asshats comments about whether or not any of us “low life wage slaves” could scratch together $20, some new clothes and show up at Mestizo for the grand opening the GM invited him to, from when he was bragging about that the other day. I said I was going there, just didnt want to comment it was with the group today… and the Gov. You know, those things don’t go down easy when he’s busy cutting everyone down. I dont know who the crowd will be for the opening, but this was pretty celeb studded! I’ll take that and call it good!

  12. Beena says:

    have your travel agent contact me ASAP.

    why Bombay? you should check out the city before you buy the one way ticket. just saying! it can be yours.

    I personally think you should take a ride. it will do you some good. may be?

    I say lets do formula 1

    what do you think?

    i am writing a book. got any tips? will make you my best chapter if the ticket is good.

    gotta get some practice writing.

    thought i will start with the smartman and kc confidential.

    we should play some blackjack and lets talk some more.

  13. the dude says:

    I am sure the nose candy
    makes the stuff you write look a lot better than it does without.

  14. mike says:

    ? for Beena
    What is the book going to be about?

  15. the dude says:

    Coke and the art of jazz bar non-maintenance,
    An inquiry into the lack of value.

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